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Caribbean [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

James A. Michener
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25. Dezember 1990
In this acclaimed classic novel, James A. Michener sweeps readers off to the Caribbean, bringing to life the eternal allure and tumultuous history of this glittering string of islands. From the 1310 conquest of the Arawaks by cannibals to the decline of the Mayan empire, from Columbus’s arrival to buccaneer Henry Morgan’s notorious reign, from the bloody slave revolt on Haiti to the rise of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Caribbean packs seven hundred dramatic years into a tale teeming with revolution and romance, authentic characters and thunderous destinies. Through absorbing, magnificent prose, Michener captures the essence of the islands in all of their awe-inspiring scope and wonder.
Praise for Caribbean
“Michener is a master.”Boston Herald
“A grand epic . . . [James A. Michener] sympathizes with the struggles of the region’s most oppressed, and succeeds in presenting the Caribbean in its rich diversity.”The Plain Dealer
“Remarkable and praiseworthy . . . utterly engaging.”The Washington Post Book World
“Even American tourists familiar with some of the serene islands will find themselves enlightened. . . . In Caribbean, there appears to be a strong aura of truth behind the storytelling.”The New York Times

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  • Taschenbuch: 832 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fawcett; Auflage: Us Ballantine B. (25. Dezember 1990)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0449217493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449217498
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,6 x 10,6 x 2,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 160.142 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Michener is a master.”Boston Herald
“A grand epic . . . [James A. Michener] sympathizes with the struggles of the region’s most oppressed, and succeeds in presenting the Caribbean in its rich diversity.”The Plain Dealer
“Remarkable and praiseworthy . . . utterly engaging.”The Washington Post Book World
“Even American tourists familiar with some of the serene islands will find themselves enlightened. . . . In Caribbean, there appears to be a strong aura of truth behind the storytelling.”The New York Times


The turbulent history of the Caribbean islands is chronicled, from tribal conflicts on Dominica and the age of exploration, to the Cuban revolution and the tempestuous present, through the colorful lives of characters, fictional and real-life.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen a good read! 21. Juni 2000
Being from the Caribbean myself, I enjoyed how Michener attempted to thread the histories of the many diverse islands (one of which is my home)...however I agree with another reader that as soon as you get caught up in one section of the novel, we are taken to another island with another history...the novel will start with the true natives, the Tainos and will even take you to the backdrop of the Mayan civilization briefly..."the Spanish Lake" was my favorite part of the book....the battles between the Spaniards and the British are skillfully sketched, displaying the best and worst of both sides...the fistional island called "All Saints" in the book I found reason to invent a history of an imaginary island in a book of this nature which is already struggling to cover the diversity that is the Caribbean...all in all, I enjoyed the book and the author held my interest...I would say it is a fun way to read history....I also recommend Galeano's "Memory of fire" a triology of the Americas....
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Michener blinded by his own assumptions. 1. Februar 1999
Michener once again poses as objective historian whilst force-feeding his own narrow-minded assumptions on anyone still reading his books. Although CARIBBEAN has some interesting sections, the author's thinly-veiled prejudices come shining through. The book is nearly half over before the narrator gives any attention to a single black character. His dismissal of Carib Indians is shallow and redundant. And he completely trashes Rastafarianism as a deliberate attempt to misread scripture in order to get high and scare whitey. This last dose of intolerance is utterly indefensible. Coming from the author who defended the rights of white South Africans to seize and oppress, CARIBBEAN gives thoughtful readers one more reason to discard Michener's imitation scholarship and reach for some real wisdom instead.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book, awful first chapters 2. September 1998
I'm about 3/4ths of this book, and I highly recommend anyone to read it. But read my lips: skip the first chapters of Arawaks and Mayas. Michener, as a good 'american' thinks that those incredible people use to think as him... his descriptions of the character's thoughts are pitifully... american!
Besides some minor incoherences (in one page it's said that Drake always call this sea "The North Sea", and in the next one Drakes speaks about "the Caribbean"... I've been awake until 3 in the morning, reading. Few books had done this with me.
BTW, I'll try some other books of Michener, maybe even 'Mexico'. (I'm from there)...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting most of the way 2. April 1998
I am a huge Michener fan, but in many of his books, the modern era towards the end of the book seems to sag. (Maybe it's my personal interest in 18th and 19th century history, I'll admit) The historical and fictional tales of the pirates and fighting between colonial powers at the beginning middle of the book was as good as historical fiction gets. But my interest started sagging later on, with the strange chapter of the fictional All-Saints island and the struggle of a Hindu to stay in the US to get citizenship. perhaps after 7 to 800 pages, the book get tiresome.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perhaps Michener's best 3. Mai 1999
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It is hard to pick a very favorite Michener book if you like his writing, but "Caribbean" quite possibly takes the cake. It tells the story of this tropical maritime region of the world, from the Taino Indians of Puerto Rico, through the ages of exploration, conquest, conversion and war, up to a group taking a cruise in modern times. As with "The Source" there are tons of characters and settings, but Michener ties them in and makes you care about them. Truly fun and engrossing literature.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good, except............. 23. Januar 1998
As usual, Michener gives great value for money when dealing with the historical elements of the story & sags badly in the final few chapters. Fascinating accounts of how each of the islands' destinies were inexorably determined by their particular dominant colonial force & culture. Didn't like, or see the need for, the complete invention of an island amidst the geographical realities. On balance, a good, rousing account. Well worth a read.
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Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT
"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns." -- Daniel 7:7 (NKJV)

Let me mention that I am reviewing the Books on Tape Unabridged CD version read by Alexander Adams.

Michener's main point in this novel is that life in the Caribbean is mostly driven by base human instincts, the beast in all of us, rather than the spiritual side, the best in us.

When James Michener's Caribbean originally came out, the reviews frightened me off by describing the book as being long, disjointed, very bloody, and overwhelming in its size and complexity. Although I've often passed the book on a bookstore shelf, I had an easy time skipping it.

When I found that I was going to be doing a lot more driving than usual in a car with a CD player, I realized that this might be the best time to take a crack at it. I was glad that I listened to the recording. The story grew on me over about six weeks, but it was very slow going in the beginning.

The book has an overall structure that's not apparent in the beginning: Mr. Michener wanted to demonstrate the cultural strains and economic and social problems on the various Caribbean islands, explaining them in terms of history . . . but with a hope for creating understanding that might lead to improvements. It's a worthy goal for a big novel, but I'm not sure that he succeeded. You will certainly be left with some interesting "what if" questions. Who knew that Haiti was once a place of extreme riches rather than extreme poverty?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than "Mexico" and "Texas"
Having found "Texas" and "Mexico" to be a little dry I was surprised by how much I enjoyed "Caribbean". Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. April 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Modern Art
This novel started off very strong; also with strong expectations after just completeting the "Chesapeak" in just a week since it was so gripping and enthralling. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2000 von Josh Reese
3.0 von 5 Sternen Atypical Caribbean
When Michener wrote this book he must have discovered his Carribbean roots.The book has neither rhyme nor reason to it.It is also typical of this authors method of writing. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. März 2000 von Peter Williams
5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent, in-depth .. top-notch michener
If you have read and like michener, this is a classic (my personal favorite). If you have not, classic michener means that he takes a very in-depth, well researched area and wraps... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Februar 2000 von Jason Holloway
5.0 von 5 Sternen Caribbean
This is the best book I have read on the Carribbean. The blend of fiction and history is very entertaining
Veröffentlicht am 4. Februar 2000 von JON TALLY
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Bit Disappointing
This book started out very strong, but about half way through it seeemed to skip around a bit. I really liked the first part because of the history of the Spanish Main, pirates... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Januar 2000 von S. Schwartz
4.0 von 5 Sternen A must read for anyone interested in the Caribbean
This book was a good overall 'history' of the Caribbean. It was interesting to see the progression through the ages, and the masterful job Mr. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Michener Shows The Caribbean In Its Entirety
Caribbean is possibly one of Michener's best. He incorporates many interesting and fascinating facts, and is a master of description. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen The book was mostly just boring.
A few of the chapters were interesting. I liked the ones about slave revolts, but the rest were about people talking about war, the sugar interest, or other VERY boring things. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. August 1999 veröffentlicht
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